My progress has been awesome so far. I have been on track, but obviously I still have a while to go. I lost a total of 10 lbs now, but the weight loss is not the main goal. I want to lose fat (especially in my abs and legs) and hang on to the muscles I've been working hard to keep.
I've been getting lots of questions from people, so I thought I would answer some of them here for anyone reading this who may be considering doing a show themselves.
These are all just questions based on my own experience so far in doing my prep, which is not much since it's my first one ever. So hit up blogs like Sam's if you want someone a bit more experienced in vegan bodybuilding. :P
1. Are you barely eating/hungry all the time?
For the most part, no. I realized when I space out my small meals and measure them, I really am not ever ravenous and feel deprived. If I get caught up with work or something else comes up, yes I can go a bit longer between meals and feel hungry. If I do I will have an extra protein shake (just water and Vega) or some water-rich veggies and sauerkraut.
2. How much weight do you plan on losing?
It's not about the weight loss or even the percentage of body fat. My coach is going by how my abs look (that's really how you can notice BF go down anyway). I have been losing about 2 pounds a week so far, but that will probably stop going down quite so rapidly. We'll see!
3. Do you get cheat meals?
I FINALLY am getting cheat meals!! Once a week I will be allowed to go nuts on as many calories as I can. I know many people are going to disagree with the whole cheat meal thing, but I am not one of them, so I say to each their own. Honestly, if you read my blog you know I crave healthy vegan food for like 90% of what I eat.
If you're curious, I'll probably be having lots of green poutine from Fresh (no crazy ingredients, and it's deep fried but it has GREENS on it, okay?!), and some some of dessert. I'll definitely post pics on my Instagram!
4. You can't have a drink occasionally? At all?
Yeah this part SUCKS. I would give up all cheat meals for one night on the town... lol. I'm just being honest. You really have to suck this one up because alcohol will make you store fat, and obviously it has a lot of calories.
5. How brutal are the workouts?
I honestly train my butt off all the time in general, but now I am seeing how proper and consistent nutrition and counting portions makes a huge difference to reveal my hard work. Also, my workouts have been much more consistent and focused on building the areas in need.
Normally I would work out 4-5 days a week, but I wouldn't do as much cardio as I am now, even though I am a fitness instructor for a HIIT style cardio class. I will always hate cardio on machines, but the leanness calls!
So finally, here are my progress pics... this is what 5 weeks of hard work looks like!
Have a good hump day, guys. Get your workout in!